14month old not eating

Ashleigh - posted on 11/26/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 months old and I just can't get him to eat decent meals. I've tried all types of food, changing feed times methods of feeding. He'll have a few mouthfulls and then throw it on the floor, spit it out or just wont open his mouth. He only weighs 9kgs and is 73cms tall, im worried hes too underweight. Any ideas on how I can get him to eat more???

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Ashley - posted on 11/27/2009

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I have a very picky 23 month old. The thing that worked the absolute best for us was to stop giving him so much milk, they fill up on milk and get calories from it so they don't even need food. I switched to water all day long, then milk before he went to bed (he'll usually drink 2 full sippy cups before he falls asleep), at first he refused to drink water but after a couple of days he would, and then I noticed he was more willing to try some new things because he was actually hungry. Bread and toast are great sources of nutrients, try some with just butter or butter and jam, or cheez whiz (my sons favorite) my son refuses to eat peanut butter, along with a lot of other things. His favorites are Kraft dinner, Popcorn, hot dogs, (just recently chicken nuggets), he'll eat just the pasta out of chicken noodle soup, scrambled eggs, grill cheese, fries...pretty much anything that is very blande. Also try giving him "fruit 2 go" my son didnt like them at first but will eat them from time to time. There is also "sun rype" juice at the grocery store which is 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of veggies, flavors my son likes are blueberries and strawberry banana (again it took him time to like them) "Motts" apple juice also is 2 servings of fruit. Hopefully something I've told you will help you out with your picky eater :)

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It's the age. Don't worry about it. If he's hungry he will eat, if not don't force him to eat. Doctors will tell you let them eat when they feel like it, give him his food in small portions and if he doesn't want it, then maybe he'll be ready to eat the next meal. I have a grandson that is the same way, and some meals he will eat VERY good and some meals he won't eat at all. I've found fruit flavored yogurt to be something good for him and he also like it, you might want to try that. Good luck!

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Carrie - posted on 11/27/2009

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I think talk to your dr. If they aren't concerned and his weight is ok (like still on the charts, still gaining at a steady rate even if slow) then I wouldn't worry too much. My daughter went through the same thing (she's 19 months weighs just under 23 pounds.) and I found that "forcing" her to focus (strapping her in her high chair and sitting with her) and letting her know that she wasn't leaving that chair until she'd eaten "enough" really helped. When she was done I would praise her and then set her free to play, which was really all she wanted. She didn't want to waste time eating when she could be running around! I also made sure not to give her drinks just before or with her meals because she'd fill up on that and not eat. Also I watched the snacking between meals. I found that, without realizing it, I had been allowing her to graze a lot so then she was not eating solid meals. I'd give her full fat yogurt to pack the chunk on her for dessert and full fat milk. It helped.

Theresa - posted on 11/27/2009

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Does he drink a lot of whole/vitamin D milk? It has a lot of fat in it and really keeps kids full. I've found that limiting the whole milk throughout the day does wonders at meal times!

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I agree 100% about the tall skinny kid scenario: my daughter is goign to be 4 in mid-Dec, STILL weighs only 14-15kg, same as last *year*, but she's growing like a weed: 105.5cm and counting. I've noticed that when she starts getting alittle round, then she has a growth spurt, eats more, and gets REALLY skinny, you can see her ribs (looks scary when she stretches!!), and then slowly she gains a little. She's in the 90th+ percentile for height, the 10th or so for weight, but the pediatrician says this is fine: she's just got a tall-skinny kind of shape and that kids only eat just what they need for daily usage until about age 6, and then they start to store some. It IS hard to get her to eat: she's too smart, too easily distracted, finds eating boring no matter what we do...would rather practice writing letters! But then when she has a growth spurt, suddenly she's hungry and eats well...for a few days!

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When my daughter is in a fussy eating mode, I leave 'good' food out for her all day. I prepare it in bite sizes so she can pick it up on the run. I forget the meal times as such, and let her graze all day, when she pleases. (Although she still sits with us at meal times, with a plate of food -small because I know it won't be eaten - and a small toy or two that she can play with while we eat.) This way she is eating something, it's on her terms. It makes no difference to me when she eats, my only goal is to get her to eat.

Bonnie - posted on 11/27/2009

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I would take him into the doctor first or check the charts in a good baby book, just to make sure he is "normal" weight range for his height. Then if that is ok, just be assured children go thru "food stages". Do not make a big deal of it and let him choose from a variety of things. I have never heard of a child starving himself to death!

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Hi my little boy is 14 months (DOB 01/10/08) and weights 9.2kg and is 73cm also. He eats like a sparrow too. Compared to our playgroup with same aged babies he is very tall and skinny! I can even see ribs. But in saying this he is a very happy healthy little boy so I have stopped worrying about the weight thing. I have talked to other mothers with older kids that said they worried through the first 18 months that there kids were too underweight but discovered that some kids are just smaller!!

Most meals he will not eat from a spoon so I have got creative and give him all sorts of finger foods. I just cut everything up in little pieces and give him piles of cheese, avo, cherios, chicken, hard boiled egg, veges, fruit, etc etc. Pretty much anything you can use as finger food and chop up. Most of his meals are done this way and it is a rare day when he will eat of a spoon and if he does it is because we use two spoons...one for him and one for us!!

I have been worried about his weight too but the pedetrician said two things which made sense. As long as they are still following the same percentile line they are fine and babies will eat when they are hungry. He also said that when they turn 12 months old the amount of food they eat reduces. Good luck...let me know how you go!! :)

Marie - posted on 11/26/2009

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Hi Ashleigh, my baby too is 14 months old and seems to be going through the same sort of issue or for lack of words "phase", however i put it down to the molars coming through pretty much all at the same time!! which hurts her terribly when she goes to eat, thus she prefers to pick and play rather than sit and polish of a full bowl of vege's as normal, a great hint for you and for bubs is to try and purée her standard meal and add this to his bottled milk as a soup base liquid food drink... this way you know bubs is getting his/hers nutrients from the milk combined veges style drink...peace of mind for mum and bubs.. i tend to do this after i have encouraged my little girl to eat what she wants then into the magic bullet it goes, into the bottle, mix with her formula and of to bed...whiles she seems to be nick-picking for the moment, at least i can rest easier knowing she's getting her nutrients this way!! best of luck luv!!

Ashleigh - posted on 11/26/2009

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thanks for all the help everyone :) all ur comments are very useful. i havent taken him to the docs coz hes always been a skinniy kid but its getting to the point where i buy pants that fit him length wise and then take in the waist so they dont fall down. he prefers his bottles over food, so i've started cutting out bottles and just keeping food on hadn whether its a fruit bar or whatever. the fruit slushies sounds like a great idea, especially coz he loves his sippy cup sooo much. ive tried putting him infront of the tv with his food but he just doesnt touch it and when i remind him or try and feed him myself he just looks at me like im blocking the tv lol. im not worried about his weight with his age, its more his weight with his height that bothers me. thanx again everyone, you've all been a great help :)

Adrienne - posted on 11/26/2009

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I was told by my doctor to make sure that their were healthy snacks in between my son's meals. Because my son barely eats, he is the pickiest 2 1/2 year old that I know right now. Good Luck! The only thing we found that works for my son is we tell him no supper no bath and he cries for half an hour saying no supper no bath to us but then he usually eats a little because he loves his bath time. Good Luck!

Hollie - posted on 11/26/2009

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well everyone is right... he wont starve himself but what you can try to do is buy a cheap plastic table cloth from the dollar store or somewhere and put it on the floor in front of the tv or put his favorite toy that is washable on it too so that he can play and eat at the same time and he will never realize how much he is eating bc he isnt paying attention to how much is on his plate but will eat while having fun bc its not such an "inconvenience" (lol) for him... i tried this with my niece and nephew and it worked like a charm for both kids :) next thing i knew they were both eating everything on their plates! at first you still might have to sometimes remind him to eat and play at the same time bc he isnt used to being able to do that :) have fun its a blast watching them eat and have fun at the same time! hope i am of some use!

Rihipeka - posted on 11/26/2009

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My daughter did starve herself but I made her smoothies with fruit etc which equaled to what she should have at a meal and she wasn't any wiser :P

Alicia - posted on 11/26/2009

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I think this is just a stage that most kids go through... both of mine have gone through it so far.. and my son is only 20 lbs @ 17 months, and I believe 9kgs is almost 20 lbs right?? like 19ish... so I dunno if its that much to worry about.. some kids are just smaller... I'd ask your ped. about it if you're concerned.

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i dont have any ideas on how to gt him to eat more but what i can tell you is as long as his doctor is to worried then you shouldnt be niether, my son who is almost 20 months got realy picky at 10 months old the only thing he would eat was chicken nugguts hot dog, an ramens an that was it for meal(he ate chips an cookies an stuff like that) he was like that for 10 months about a week ago he just all the sudden starting eating more its a faze it will pass at some point an time. what you could do if you wanted is give him 8 oz of v8 splash everyday an it can even be more then that an get pedasure but he can only have one of those a day, if you go to walmart you can get it for $8.00 if you get there brand an its just the same an just remember he wont starve him self if he is hungry he will eat i just went threw the same thing good luck hope i help

Abbie - posted on 11/26/2009

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What does the doc say? My son who is 19 months doesn't eat much either, but he eats some. Ok he pretty much lives on Grapes, breakfast foods & a few other things. At this age they have more important things to do then EAT... They woudl rather play and do anything else. Don't fret, he will eat when he is hungry, just keep offering. UNless he goes days with out eating, also how much for milk/ fluids is he drinking? That can fill up a tummy real FAST!!!!!

Kim - posted on 11/26/2009

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Have your Doctor check him to make sure he isn't under weight first, but for all parents of picky kids remember that a child will never starve themselves. My sister went through the same thing and really all you can do is make sure you keep him on formula longer and give him what he'll eat.

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